95pc govt jobs in Telangana to locals: Zonal system gets President’s nod

Reservations for locals in jobs was one of the key promises made by the TRS during the Telangana movement for separate statehood.
95pc govt jobs in Telangana to locals: Zonal system gets President’s nod
95pc govt jobs in Telangana to locals: Zonal system gets President’s nod
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The new zonal system proposed by the Telangana government has finally received the Presidential nod and is expected to come into effect with the issuing of a gazette notification soon. This comes after Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao met with several officials in New Delhi including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and cabinet ministers, to get the Centre’s nod.

President Ramnath Kovind gave his assent on Wednesday following which the Ministry of Home Affairs issued a gazette notification on Thursday. With the zonal system, the state government aims to enable 95% reservations to locals where employment opportunities in the public sector are concerned. The zonal system is one of the key agendas of KCR's speech on September 2, when he plans to address a mammoth party meet in the outskirts of Hyderabad.

According to reports, the zones would be applicable for all posts except posts at secretariat level, heads of the department and offices set up for a special purpose. 


Reservations for locals in jobs was one of key promises made by the TRS during the Telangana movement for separate statehood.

The state cabinet had approved the system in May this year, following which the TRS chief had taken up the issue with Modi during a meeting on June 15.

At the time, the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) in a statement had said, “The CM said that the decision of the Government is in tune with providing adequate benefits to those living in their local areas and also against the backdrop of formation of small districts. Following the formation of Telangana State and subsequent reorganization of districts raising their number to 31 it has become all the necessary to reorganize the zonal system also.”

Media reports stated that the latest order would replace an earlier Presidential Order issued in 1975 citing Article 371 D of the Constitution for combined Andhra Pradesh.

Article 371 D, the 32nd Amendment to the Constitution which was inserted in 1973, created after the agitation in Andhra Pradesh in 1969, mainly deals with education and employment.

The Article aimed to help with “accelerated development of the backward areas” of combined Andhra Pradesh and provide “equitable opportunities” to different areas or ‘zones’ of the state in these two fields in public services.

Repeated attempts to contact TRS MP B Vinod Kumar, who accompanied KCR on his New Delhi trip, provide futile.

What will the zones be?

The first zone is the Kaleshwaram zone, which includes the districts of Kumaram Bheem Asifabad, Mancherial, Peddapalli and Jayashankar Bhupalapally, with a population of 28,29,615 people.

Zone 2 or ‘Basara Zone’ includes the districts of Adilabad, Nirmal, Nizamabad and Jagtial, which includes a population of 39,74,829 citizens, according to government data.

Zone 3, dubbed Rajanna Zone, includes 43,09,866 people in the districts of Karimnagar, Siddipet, Rajanna Siricilla, Kamareddy and Medak, while Zone 4 or Bhadradri Zone includes the districts of Bhadradri Kothagudem, Khammam, Mahabubabad, Warangal Urban and Warangal Rural, with a population of 50,44,844 citizens.

Zone 5 is the Yadadri zone and includes Suryapet, Nalgonda, Yadadri Bhuvanagiri and Jangaon districts with a population of 40,23,800.

The most populated zone would be Zone 6 (Charminar), which includes Hyderabad, and the districts of Medchal-Malkajigiri, Rangareddy and Sangareddy, consisting of 1,03,57,289 people.

The last zone is the Jogulamba Zone, which includes the districts of Vikarabad, Mahabubnagar, Jogulamba Gadwal, Wanaparthy and Nagarkurnool, with a population of 44,63,431.

The zones of Kaleswaram, Basara, Rajanna and Bhadradri come under Multi Zone One, while zones Yadadri, Charminar and Jogulamba come under Multi Zone Two.

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